Traffic & Travel Tips
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There are four paved roads in the park. All other roads in the park are dirt/clay. These roads are impassable when wet. Be prepared for remote driving conditions. Travel with extra water, food and keep your gas tank above half full. Cell phone reception is spotty. Four-wheel drive is not required, but is useful on steep unpaved roads. Light rain often makes dirt roads impassable, even with four-wheel drive.
Limited services are available in Jensen, Utah and Dinosaur, Colorado – the towns closest to the Monument visitor centers. More services are available in Vernal, Utah, Rangely, Colorado, and Craig, Colorado.
Contact the park for more information by calling (435) 781-7700 to check on road conditions before you travel.
Road & Highway Conditions
Colorado - Colorado Dept. of Transportation
Southwest Wyoming - Wyoming Dept. of Transportation
Paved Monument Roads
Utah 149 enters the park from Highway 40 in Jensen, Utah. This entrance road brings you to the Quarry Visitor Center, Split Mountain boat launch, Split Mountain Campground, Green River Campground, and the Tour of the Tilted Rocks self-guided auto tour.
Echo Park Road can be accessed from Harpers Corner Road or Yampa Bench Road. This 13 mile road is steep with hairpin turns for the first several miles. The road ends at Echo Park which has a campground, boat launch, and hiking trails.
The nearest commercial airport is in Vernal, Utah, with service to Denver, Colorado by Great Lakes Aviation (a codeshare partner with Frontier Airlines). Five airlines service Grand Junction, CO, approximately 2.5 hours from Dinosaur National Monument. The nearest major cities with air service are Salt Lake City, Utah (approx. 3.5 hours drive) and Denver, Colorado (approx. 6 hours drive).
Dinosaur National Monument is closed to the use of all types of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and off-road vehicles for the protection of monument resources. All vehicles traveling on monument roads must be properly licensed and registered.
Did You Know?
Split Mountain, the name John Wesley Powell gave to one of the Dinosaur’s most recognizable features, is aptly named: over millions of years, the Green River has carved a canyon into the center of the mountain, splitting it in two.